Here are the number of returning starters for each Big Ten team, in order of most returnees to least (and with particular mention of the five returning starting quarterbacks):
Indiana (2003 record: 2-10, 1-7 in the Big Ten). 21 starters return (including QB Matt LoVecchio), 10 offense, 9 defense, plus both kickers.
Wisconsin (2003 record: 7-6, 4-4). 20 starters return, 10 offense, 8 defense, plus both kickers. Star returners: RB Anthony Davis, DL Antaj Hawthorne.
Northwestern (2003 record: 6-7, 4-4 ). 19 starters return, 8 offense (including QB Brett Basanez), 9 defense, plus both kickers.
Illinois (2003 record: 1-11, 0-8). 17 starters return, 8 offense (including QB Jon Beutjer), 8 defensive, plus the punter.
Michigan (2003 record: 10-3, 7-1). 16 starters return, 7 offense, 7 defense, plus both kickers.
Michigan State (2003 record: 8-5, 5-3). 16 starters return; 7 offense, 7 defense, plus both kickers.
Penn State (2003 record: 3-9, 1-7). 15 starters return, 6 offense (including QB Zack Mills), 7 defense, plus both kickers.
Minnesota (2003 record: 10-3, 5-3). 14 starters return, 7 offense, 6 defense, plus the P/PK. Star returners: RB's Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney).
Purdue (2003 record: 9-4, 6-2). 12 starters return, 8 offense (including preseason Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, QB Kyle Orton), 3 defense, plus the place kicker.
Iowa (2003 record: 10-3, 5-3). 11 starters return - 4 offense, 7 defense. Star returneers: LB's Abdul Hodge, Chad Greenway, '03's #1 and #3 Big Ten tacklers.
Ohio State (2003 record: 11-2, 6-2). 11 returners return, 4 offense, 6 defense (including preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, LB A.J. Hawk), plus the place kicker.
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